Chris’s story: The Computer’s First Christmas Card Wednesday, 25 November 2009Posted by carryapoem in Stories.
Tags: Edwin Morgan
I am forever indebted to my Advanced Higher English teacher, Steve Munro, for introducing me to Edwin Morgan and my favourite poem, ‘The Computer’s First Christmas Card’, which set me down the messy path of writing poems. It takes what is often a terrible setting for poems – prompting the flowery contemplation of snowflakes, blah blah – and actually makes it worthwhile. It’s funny, nonsensical, an experience to read out loud, and even looks wonderful on the page. It also appeals to my geeky computer side and is remarkable for being written in 1968 when computers were in their infancy. If ever I feel like I’m losing track with writing, this uncompromising and unapologetic poem tends to sort it out.